Saudi Arabia

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Art market

Christie's holds auction in Saudi Arabia to raise funds for Jeddah museum

Sale raises $1.3m for new heritage museum dedicated to the history of Jeddah's historical district

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State Hermitage Museum

St Petersburg's State Hermitage ponders Saudi Arabia satellite museum

The Hermitage will also expand its presence in Crimea with a new cultural centre planned in Sevastopol

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Venice Biennale 2019

Saudi Arabia returns to Venice Biennale after eight-year hiatus

Show of site-specific works by Zahrah Al Ghamdi is supported by the government-backed Misk Art Institute

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Art market

Frieze shareholder Endeavor ‘in process’ of pulling out of $400m Saudi deal

Hollywood entertainment agency intends to return entire investment after murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Analysis
The Year In Review

The year in heritage: conservators become art

The conservation of masterpieces is happening in the full glare of the public

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Dubai

Jameel Arts Centre: Dubai gets first non-governmental contemporary art space

Four solo shows of female artists are part of efforts to “redress the gender balance” in the Middle East, says director

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Jamal Khashoggi

Do not penalise Saudi Arabian artists for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi

"There is great fear now within Saudi Arabia, with even stricter self-censorship than before"

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Riyadh

Huge French-Saudi cultural collaboration cemented despite Khashoggi murder

French President Emmanuel Macron confirmed plans to develop Al-Ula Province one day after Turkish officials announced killing of Saudi journalist

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Jamal Khashoggi

Russia announces major Kandinsky show in Saudi Arabia amid Khashoggi murder controversy

A small number of works by the Russian avant-garde artist are currently at “Davos in the Desert” conference to act as teaser for future exhibition

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Exhibitions

Citing 'rapidly developing' ties, Russian fund will take art exhibition to Saudi Arabia

Announcement comes as evidence mounts in slaying of the dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi

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Saudi Arabia

Columbia University cancels talk with Saudi artist Ahmed Mater amid scrutiny over the kingdom’s cultural funding

The Metropolitan and the Brooklyn museums have also decided not to use money from the Crown Prince’s arts organisation for related events

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Donations

Saudi Arabian foundation donates €9m to Berlin Museum of Islamic Art

Funds donated by Alwaleed Philanthropies will support exhibitions and education, including “Multaka” project to train refugees as museum guides

Comment
Saudi Arabia

Letter to the Editor: Saudi Arabia will collaborate with the world, not only France, to make its cultural heritage accessible

Al-Ula, the most important cultural heritage site in the north-west of the kingdom, will benefit from international standards in heritage preservation and planning

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Comment

Why the French can sell arms and culture to Saudi Arabia, but the US and UK only arms

France's latest deal with the Kingdom reveals the close connection between culture and foreign affairs

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Cultural policy

The blueprint for Saudi Arabia's multi-billion-euro project with France

We exclusively reveal the details of the plans for a “historic” collaboration

Comment
Leaders

What we can learn from Saudi art

Suddenly, a lot of money is flowing through the kingdom for the promotion of contemporary art and culture

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Cultural policy

France to help build a 'new Petra' in Saudi Arabia with estimated $20bn development deal

The country is due to sign a massive contract with the kingdom to turn Mada’in Saleh and the Al-Ula region into a cultural tourism destination

Comment
Saudi Arabia

Crown Prince Mohammed of Saudi Arabia has roped an ancient city into his London charm offensive

The splendid Nabatean site of Mada’in Saleh may be opened to tourists

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Commissions

Kuwaiti artists awarded inaugural Art Jameel commission for new Dubai culture complex

Alia Farid and Aseel AlYacoub will create a light-up botanical garden linking both wings of the Jameel Arts Centre

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Biennials & festivals

What to see at 21,39—Saudi Arabia’s contemporary art festival

Critics choose highlights from fifth edition of the Jeddah show, organised by Tate curator Vassilis Oikonomopoulos

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Openings

Crown Prince Mohammed adds art, Silicon Valley and movies to his Saudi reforms as Wahabi influence wanes

MoMa hosts announcement of his Misk Art Institute, led by artist Ahmed Mater

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Openings

New Art Jameel space for contemporary art to launch in Saudi Arabia in 2019

The Hayy: Creative Hub centre in Jeddah is latest cultural offering announced in the rebranded Kingdom

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Art market

From Van Gogh to Richter—what happens when bidders fail to pay up at auction?

Flaky winning bids are knocking the gloss off record-breaking sales

News

Saudi mega museum—King Abdulaziz Center in Dhahran—is finally moving ahead

Cultural powerhouse in the Gulf—backed by Aramco—is extending its local and global reach

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Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince launches institute to promote art in the Middle East

Recently identified buyer of Leonardo's Salvator Mundi is planning a pavilion at the Venice Biennale, art teaching in schools, international exhibitions, archaeology and virtual reality

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Art market

Abu Dhabi Art censors work by Saudi Arabian artist

Abdulnasser Gharem’s painting about Sunni-Shia divide was removed from Brigitte Schenk's stand at organisers' request

Feature
Podcast

Abu Dhabi Focus podcast, episode two: How Saudi artists are driving political change

As Abu Dhabi Art fair opens, we speak to the Saudi artists Manal Al Dowayan and Ahmed Mater. Plus: Iraq's Dia Azzawi on creating the Arab world's Guernica

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Politics

Saudi artists speak out over new law giving women the right to drive

While some hail the reform as progressive, others question it as a PR stunt

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Exhibitions

Saudi artist Abdulnasser Gharem to have first solo US show at Lacma

Former lieutenant colonel in the Saudi Arabian army is known for his politically and socially engaged works that draw on his Muslim heritage